After 40 years, the Patriarchal sigillia, stolen on April 15, 1979 (Palm Sunday), were repatriated to the Metropolis of Patra, following the actions of the Metropolis of Patra, the Chrysopodaritissa Monastery, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Achaia and the Ministry of Culture.
There have been returned three sigillia.
One of Patriarch Prokopios (1786), which renewed the patriarchal value of the Monastery and recorded the boundaries of its Metochi in Araxos.
The Patriarchal sigillio of Patriarch Gregory V (1798), which also renewed the patriarchal value of the Monastery.
And a Turkish one, a sultan firman of 1786, which confirmed the Patriarchal sigillio of 1786.
From the moment that these sigillia were found at the British Library, two and a half years ago by Monk Symeon, the necessary actions were taken by the Holy Metropolis, the Ephorate of Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture, and the British Library handed over to the Greek Embassy in London the historical documents in mid March.
The sigillia will be exhibited at the Museum of Patra for two months and then will be handed to the Monastery.
In their presentation at the Archaeological Museum of Patras was Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patra, who praised the collaboration with the Director, Anastasia Koumousi, and the Ministry of Culture.